A former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, has been appointed as a Member of the Steering Committee of the World Food Security (CFS) High-Level Panel on Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. This was announced on Prof. Adeyemo’s LinkedIn page. Adeyemo said “I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the membership of the Steering Committee of the World Food Security (CFS) High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE).” The appointment made her the only appointee from the African Continent.
The High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition was established as part of the 2009 reform of the international governance of food security, to advise the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which is the foremost intergovernmental and international platform dealing with food security and nutrition. The committee is saddled with key functions such as assessing and analysing the current state of food security and nutrition and its underlying causes; providing scientific and knowledge-based analysis and advice on specific policy-relevant issues, utilizing existing high quality research, data and technical studies as well as identifying emerging issues, and help members prioritize future actions and attentions on key focal areas.
Prof. Olanike Kudirat Adeyemo is a professor of Veterinary Pubic Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is the first female veterinarian to be inducted into both the African and Nigerian Academy of Sciences in 2012 and 2016 respectively before she was named a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences in 2019. Adeyemo was appointed as a joint FAO/WHO Epidemiological and Toxicological Expert in 2011. She served as the Head of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the premier university prior to her appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnership. She recently unveiled her agenda as a COMSTECH Distinguished Scholar.